Supercomputing and Computation
Energy Wall - Steam Distribution and Energy Delivery Optimization Wireless Sensors June 12, 2013
- The objective of the project is to design, develop and deploy robust methods to efficiently deliver steam on ORNL campus. Wireless sensors are used for demonstrating ease of deployment, low-cost, and rapid fault identification. Steam losses amount to $540/trap/year, typical facility like ORNL has 1-2K traps on steam distribution.
- The project developed:
- An algorithm for steam-trap and flow-rate assessment using pipe-induced vibration.
- A portable measurement setup to identify steam trap and flow conditions without in-situ installation.
- Hardware and software architecture for installing steam trap monitors across ORNL campus.
- Improvements in steam trap and flow diagnostics can generate energy efficiency savings up to $675K for a campus like ORNL